Hot shooting propels Vikes to big win over Lions

Sawyer Stoltz (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, fires the ball in a game against visiting Leo on Friday, Dec. 14. Stoltz finished with 15 points and the Vikings defeated the Lions, 74-52.
Sawyer Stoltz (right), a senior on the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team, fires the ball in a game against visiting Leo on Friday, Dec. 14. Stoltz finished with 15 points and the Vikings defeated the Lions, 74-52. Photo by Steve Clark.

Hot first-half shooting propelled the Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball team to a 74-52 rout of visiting Leo on Friday, Dec. 14.

The Vikings sizzled the nets in the opening stanza, sinking 18 of 26 shots for 69.2 percent. Behind that sharp shooting, Coach Craig Teagle’s squad took a 27-13 lead in the first quarter and expanded it to 46-27 by halftime. The hosts enjoyed a 65-46 advantage at the end of three frames.

Huntington North, 4-2, 1-1 in Northeast 8 Conference play, was led by senior Zach Daugherty, who scored a game-high 22 points, corralled seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Senior Hank Pulver tallied 16 points while senior Sawyer Stoltz tossed in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Behind Stoltz and Daugherty’s efforts on the glass, the Vikings outrebounded the Lions, 27-16.

Huntington North shot 58.8 percent for the game on 30 of 51 marksmanship. At the free throw line, the hosts hit 4 of 8 shots for 50 percent.

Leo, 0-5, 0-1 in conference, was paced by Blake Davison, who netted 18 points.

The Lions converted 18 of 37 field goal attempts for 48.6 percent and 5 of 9 freebie tries for 55.6 percent.

Huntington North lost the junior varsity contest, 53-46.

The Vikes, 5-1, got 13 points from junior Aidan Hosler and 11 points from sophomore Mitchell Gerber.